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Bodenstown Speeches

Here you will find Sinn Féin party leaders' keynote addresses at the  annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown since 1992.

Sinn Féin MP and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today delivered the annual Wolfe Tone commemoration at Bodenstown, County Kildare. As part of a wide ranging address Mr McGuinness challenged the Orange Order to step forward and make its contribution to the peace process through stopping...

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Is onóir mór domhsa bheith anseo inniu, ag labhairt libh ar an lá stairiúl seo, comrade ar bhás Wolfe Tone, measc pairceanna Chontae Chill Dára.

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It is a great honour for me to be asked to address this commemoration today. I have been coming to Bodenstown, to the grave of Tone, since I was a teenager and I have always found it to be a place of inspiration, just as I have always found the deeds, the ideas and the words of Wolfe Tone to be inspiring to me as an Irish republican trying to make my contribution to this great historical struggle.

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Making Republicanism Relevant - This is our Time. Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP addressing the annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration at Bodenstown this afternoon said:

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Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle member and former Mayor of Belfast Alex Maskey this afternoon delivered a keynote address to the annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown, Co. Kildare. Cllr. Maskey said:

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We assemble today at the graveside of Theobald Wolfe Tone to pay tribute to the pioneer of Irish republicanism, the key man at the beginning of the Republican Movement in Ireland and the man who laid the foundation stone of Irish independence.

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We gather here today, as we do every year, to remember and honour Theobald Wolfe Tone, the founding father of Irish republicanism.

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We assemble at this spot every year to honour the founding father of Irish Republicanism - Theobald Wolfe Tone. At this, the last Bodenstown commemoration of the 20th century, we rededicate ourselves to the ideas which he pioneered in our country.

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On the two hundredth anniversary of the United Irish Rebellion, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams spoke at the grave of Wolfe Tone at Bodenstown about the continuing inspiration of Irish republicanism.

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Not far from here last week, Volunteer Patrick Kelly of the Irish Republican Army, was laid to rest. Like Wolfe Tone, Pat believed in the need to break the connection with England. Like Wolfe Tone, he died as a result of his treatment in prison by a British government.

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As we gather at the graveside of Theobald Wolfe Tone let us remind ourselves of the words which have inspired republicans for 200 years. In his autobiographical notes he sums up the ideas on which he based his life's work and for which he was eventually to give his life:

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Today we have come to honour and pay tribute to one of Ireland's most exceptional freedom fighters.

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As Sinn Fein General Secretary, as an Irish republican and as a woman, it is an honour for me to have this opportunity to address republicans at the grave of Wolfe Tone.

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THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE from all over Ireland attended the annual Wolfe Tone commemoration in Bodenstown, County Kildare on Sunday 20 June.

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Wolfe Tone Commemoration Bodenstown 1992 Address by Jim Gibney I've been coming to Bodenstown annually for the last four years and as intermittently as her majesty's administration has permitted me in the yeas prior to that.

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